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Department for Education: Training

Question for Department for Education

UIN 101698, tabled on 11 January 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what training is provided to staff in his Department on avoiding implicit bias in the workplace.

Answered on

18 January 2022

The Written Ministerial Statement on Unconscious Bias (December 2020) set out the findings of the ‘Unconscious bias and diversity training - what the evidence says’ report. The findings concluded that there was no evidence that the training changed behaviour in the long term or improved workplace equality. It also found there is emerging evidence of unintended negative consequences. The department has therefore ceased offering Unconscious Bias training.

The government requested other parts of the public sector, including local government, the police and the NHS, to review their approaches in light of the evidence.

Since October 2020, the department has provided separate workshops aimed at supporting staff to have informed and productive conversations on the subject of race.

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